A Fulton County judge said Wednesday he will give an appeals court a chance to decide whether there are problems with the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating indictment before the case goes to trial.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s team of reporters broke the story about suspicious standardized test scores and possible cheating in Atlanta Public Schools in 2008. To track the APS cheating scandal, including a timeline, go to www.myajc.com/s/news/special-reports/school-test-scores/TT .
The story so far
Previously: Thirty-five former Atlanta Public Schools teachers and administrators face racketeering, theft and other charges based on accusations that they inflated standardized test scores to meet academic targets and receive bonus money. All have pleaded not guilty. A trial date has been set for May 5.
The latest: On Wednesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter heard arguments on motions by lawyers representing the APS defendants to dismiss the indictment.
What’s next: Baxter has scheduled more hearings for Monday, which is also when he plans to issue rulings on the dismissal motions.